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  1. NBA’s new dress code for coaches ends mock turtleneck era

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy wants the rule named after him. Really, it should be the Coach Jack Ramsay rule. For reasons that are unclear but likely studied in focus groups at great expense, the NBA has set up a new dress code for coaches that requires them to wear a collared shirt. “I want them to…

  2. Tony Parker on the Spurs: It’s now or never

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is in the last year of his contract. He may come back to the Spurs, he may move on, it’s going to be about money and years and discussions that will not seriously take place until next summer. Before then, Parker wants one more ring. He told KTKR  in San Antonio that the Spurs…

  3. Tiago Splitter prefers NBA goaltending rule

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter has spent his entire career playing under the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball hits the rim it’s live and you can knock it off. David Stern has expressed his admiration of that rule and the D-League will have it next season. Splitter doesn’t love the idea he told the San Antonio…

  4. Don’t forget that Blake Griffin is really, really good

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Out if sight, out of mind. We didn’t see Blake Griffin in one NBA game last season as he recovered from knee surgery, so… The guy is still very, very good. He went No. 1 overall for a reason. Do not forget that. He is back and already wowing teammates in camp, as Eric Pincus…

  5. Warriors name starting five. That didn’t take long.

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Keith Smart knows what he wants from the Warriors. And he knows who he wants to do it. Two days into training camp Smart named his starting five according to Matt Steinmetz of Comcast Bay Area: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. No real surprises on that list. In fact…

  6. Kobe’s jersey biggest seller in Europe

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Kobe’s the man, doesn’t matter what side of the pond you are on. The NBA released the top jerseys sold in Europe and Kobe Bryant tops the list. As he does in the United States. And China. And everywhere jerseys are sold (except Boston). This is Kobe’s third straight year atop the Europe list. Rounding…

  7. Tim Thomas plans on playing in the NBA again… next year

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks have waived Tim Thomas. He played just 18 games for the team last year and will not be with the team this season as he attends to a family situation that takes priority. But he wants to be back next season, he told Zagsblog.com. “I’m definitely planning on being back next year,”…

  8. Trying to find “the dog” in Atlanta’s Jeff Teague

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Nick Van Exel always played with a chip on his shoulder. Atlanta wants the same thing out of Jeff Teague, the backup point guard they hope will supplant Mike Bibby. From Summer League through camp, everyone has been in Teague’s ear about being more aggressive. Now it’s Van Exel’s turn, as he told the Journal-Constitution.…

  9. Chris Paul says he loves New Orleans, but will it be the same next summer?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Another sit down with Chris Paul, another discussion of him loving New Orleans and not looking to leave it. Right now, anyway. This time it was with ESPN’s Marc Stein, and Paul again did not discuss his trade demands from earlier in the summer. “This city here, I love it,” Paul said. “And I don’t…

  10. Raptors trying to trade for Boris Diaw

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    This summer Boris Diaw almost ended up with the Raptors as part of a larger deal that fell apart when Michael Jordan realized it was a bad idea. But Toronto still wants him and has been talking to the Bobcats directly about a swap, according to the New York Daily News. As for who could…

  11. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the history of hip hop

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    This has nothing to do with basketball, it was just too good not to post. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake hitting nothing but nylon. And the Roots… this is the second best thing they’ve done on Fallon. (Thanks to the legend that is Skeets) http://widget.nbc.com/videos/nbcshort_at.swf?CXNID=1000004.10045NXC&widID=4727a250e66f9723&clipID=1252017&showID=243%3E%20quality=&siteurl=http://www.nbc.com?vty=fromWidget_Video

  12. LeBron James says race played role in backlash to his decision

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Did race play a role in the backlash — both in the media and in the general public — to LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach? LeBron James and his business partner and close friend Maverick Carter both said yes in an interview on CNN Wednesday night (hat tip to Jason…

  13. Tracy McGrady still concerned about his knees

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    You may want to believe, but until we see evidence on the court that Tracy McGrady is right you have to think of him as still damage goods. Tracy McGrady likes to push himself pretty hard (all the great ones do) but has had to pull back at Pistons camp and made the following comment…

  14. Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:31 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to contain any damage that came from Leonsis (plus hit Leonsis with a $100,000 fine for talking about the CBA, all done within a few hours, just so you know Stern is not messing around): “We’re negotiating and that was one of our negotiating points,” Stern told…

  15. Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis went through the ugliness of the NHL lockout that cost the league an entire season — and set the sport back considerably in public opinion. Check the television ratings. But Leonsis seems to like what came out on the other side of that, enough that he thinks the…

  16. The 1997 Chicago Bulls vs. Genghis Khan. Who ya got?

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    This may be the best of the NBA 2K11 promo commercials yet…

  17. Tiago Splitter blending right in with San Antonio

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Technically, Tiago Splitter is an NBA rookie. He should be getting donuts for the vets and carrying luggage. But Splitter is a veteran of the top European league, he’s been the best center on the continent for a couple years. He has played in world championships. Don’t confuse him for some raw 19-year-old who sleepwalked…

  18. Warriors pick up option year on Stephen Curry deal. As expected.

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry is in the playing-like-an-All-Star-but-getting-paid-like-a-rookie part of his career. As expected, the Warriors announced they picked up the third season team option on Curry that follows his rookie season, as reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo. Curry will make $2.9 million this season, $3.1 million in his third season. Next year the Warriors will…

  19. Man sues Cleveland Cavaliers to find out identity of mascot

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    What legal system overburdened with frivolous lawsuits are you talking about? From Courthouse News (via Ben Maller): A man sued the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Quicken Loans Arena to discover the identity of the NBA team’s mascot, Moondog, who allegedly struck his arm to make him drop a sign, rupturing a tendon in the process,…

  20. Phil Jackson is not happy about his European vacation

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Personally, a trip to London and Barcelona sounds pretty good. I could go for one of those. Phil Jackson? Not so much. Actually he might really enjoy such a trip if it was just him and Jeannie Buss, but in the middle of training camp? This is what he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin. “This training…

  21. NBA Season Preview: The Miami Heat

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Last season: 47-35, fifth seed in the East. Their reward for that? The Boston Celtics in the first round. Ouch. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who is one of the best young minds in the game and a Pat Riley protégé. Which means Riley is not going to go Stan Van Gundy on him this season…

  22. Gregg Popovich being Gregg Popovich

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And you thought all NBA coach interviews were as fun as interviewing Charles Barkley in Tahoe…. (via 48 Minutes of Hell) Coach Pop being Coach Pop from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo.

  23. Dwight Howard's children's album about to hits stores. Whoomp There It Is.

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    You know how you’ve always wanted to explain to your young son or daughter the joy of hearing “Whoomp There It Is” through the arena sound system during the timeout of an NBA game? No? Then what about “Let’s Get It Started?” “U Can’t Touch This?” Now Dwight Howard has come to your rescue. He…

  24. NBA pulls back efforts to bring new arena to Sacramento. Moving trucks start warming up.

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    In the past few years, the Maloof brothers (owners of the Kings) have been able to pull back from the messy politics of getting a new arena built for the Sacramento Kings. That’s because four years ago David Stern himself said he personally and the NBA offices would work to get a deal done. Last…

  25. Crazy LeBron, trying to keep expectations within reason

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Hey LeBron James, not only do you have to lead your just thrown-together team to an NBA title, can you average a triple-double for the season while doing it? I mean, Oscar Robertson averaged that in 1962, and today’s game is pretty much exactly like that, right? You can totally do it. Hey, but no…

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